Under the Red and White Sky

 

Track Listing & Lyrics

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[accordion title=”Into the Night”]
lyrics by John Wesley

I don’t mind if you pry, it’s just me
It’s the one thing I protect so well
this is my story

I don’t care where you go or who you tell
cause it’s my life and my lines
and have no fear we’re not forgotten here

One step to the light to see
one foot on the edge that’s me
one long trail into the night
all over this battle field

Sometimes you crawl
sometimes you kneel
one long trail into the night
one long trail into the night

What you sell
is not who you are
it’s what you do

Who I am
I protect so well
keep away from you

I don’t care where you go
or who you tell
because into the night we go on and on
this is my story
oh this is my story

One step to the light to see
one foot on the edge, that’s me
one long trail into the night
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[accordion title=”None So Beautiful”]
lyrics by John Wesley

Here you lie before me
emerald eyes so full of youth
I fear a tear drop forming
I can touch and still not have you

Here you lie before me
our bond is fragile yes it’s true
but in the light of morning
there’s none so beautiful as you

I look into your eyes
turn away to realize
there’s none so beautiful as you

None so beautiful as you

And then you glide over me
and you slide over me
and you wake up every ounce of love
and break like a tide over me

Then you kneel over me
and you cry over me
tears fall like the blood of some sacrificial lamb
as your lying to me
lying to me…

Here you lie before me
what comes next is up to you
just no more tears this morning
let the truth do what it can do

I look into your eyes
turn away to realize
there’s none so beautiful as you
none so beautiful as you
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[accordion title=”Thirteen Days”]
lyrics by John Wesley

I was a child,
life in your arms you hold me
the fire in your eyes stopped the bleeding
the love in your heart kept me breathing

I feel I’m dying again.
I’ve got nothing but hatred for my lover and friend
the lion in your eyes watches me screaming
the cold in your heart keeps my blood freezing

Thirteen days, before you left me here staring
thirteen days, before you tried to stop caring

Stare into the dark
the emptiness of hell comes to enfold me
take a long look at your sweet creation
did you get a thrill to watch my heart breaking

Thirteen days, before you left me here standing alone
thirteen days, before you left me to die on a phone

I cannot pretend, can’t find an end
oh, how I miss you
I was your lover and you were my friend
I pray to God I never see you again

Thirteen days, before you left me here waiting to hold you
Thirteen days, before you forgot what I told you
Thirteen days, that you gave to me only to take from me
Thirteen days, before you left me here breaking
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[accordion title=”Waiting for the Sun”]
lyrics by John Wesley

Well here we are boy
and I’m through dreaming
all these colors I’ve been flying
have lost the will to keep me high
and I’m not amused…

So I said hey you’re no a star
so are you through screaming
cause all this paranoia’s got you
hiding in the dark
and I can’t see you…

Well shine the light
and you can come on in
can’t you see I’m on a mission
you can stay if you are wishin’
but I’m waiting…

see my daddy hit the doorway
when I was just a kid
said he’d gone to find the sunshine
and bring it back for me
and I’m waiting
waiting for the sun to shine

Do you see my scars
it’s dark and they’re glowing
all these tiny little punctures
are a doorway to the sun
a doorway to the sun
think I’ll have another one

I know he’s in here
I can feel him lookin’ for me
I hear him laughin’ like he did
like he did when I was young
daddy’s bringin’ me the sun
and I’m waiting
waiting for the sun to shine
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[accordion title=”She Said No”]
lyrics by John Wesley

It’s been long since we’ve spoken
thought that I might give a call
did you like the flowers, a small token
a gift for you is no trouble at all

It isn’t easy here without you
the days are long, nights way too hard
I was hoping I could see you
I miss your eyes, they touch my heart

She said no

Our little lady is asking for you
don’t understand where you have gone
all she knows is she can’t hold you
thinks that she’s done something wrong

Life isn’t easy here without you
she wakes at night to call your name
I tell her you love her and you miss her
but words from me just aren’t the same
oh baby come home please

She said no

You never face the consequences
you’ll always find some alibi
you leave us behind all cut and bleeding
you turn your back and you don’t know why
no you don’t know why

She said no

It’s been a long time since I’ve held you
no other woman fills my arms
I want to believe that you still love me
somehow I know you’re still there
I’m falling apart and I need your answer
just see my eyes and you’ll find it there
find it there

She said no
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[accordion title=”The Last Light”]
lyrics by John Wesley

We sit one on one as the night time comes
Stars set in as the last light runs
Something dark had befallen here
And what it is ain’t exactly clear
And we whisper and we pray for this to go away

Stars light your eyes in an emerald fire
The only witness as this night transpires
A dark like this we’ve never seen before
We reach for the light that’s beyond the door

Is there something to be said to make this go away
Can’t we just hold on to us to make this go away

I don’t want you to leave I don’t want you to go
I give you the last light in my eyes
And the last light inside of my soul
I don’t want you to leave I don’t want you to go

Words clench the air like an iron vice
And shows no mercy in exacting it’s price
But I’ve got a secret that I’ve saved for last
We can send these sorrows back into the past

Is there something to be said to make this go away
Can’t you look into my eyes and make this go away

I don’t want you to leave I don’t want you to go
I give you the last light in my eyes
And the last light inside of my soul

Take this gift from me
Take this gift and you’ll know
I give you the last light in my eyes
and the last light inside of my soul
I don’t want you to leave I don’t want you to go
I don’t want you to leave I don’t want you to go
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[accordion title=”To Reach Out”]
lyrics by John Wesley

Nothing changes with the moon
only the shades of emptiness within the room
and dark to light,
morning never comes too soon

I see the sunlight in your hair
I see you smile as you move without a care
and the morning,
becomes much brighter with you there

But the cold wind comes
and a cold wind blows
you feel so scared because you’re so alone
and like a frightened child
you call my name, you call my name

But you only had to reach out
to reach out and I’ll be here
reach out, reach out and take my hand.

The past it haunts you like a ghost
comes rushing back at you like waves
upon the coast
threatens what you are
and who you love the most

And when the cold wind comes
and a true wind blows
and you feel so scared because you’re all alone
like a frightened child, you call my name
you call my name, you call my name

And you only had to reach out
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[accordion title=”Rome is Burning”]
lyrics by John Wesley

High upon a hill
Looking over the ruins burning still
Where was I for all of this.
Where was I for all of this.

You never looked so bad she said
I didn’t know I could do all this she said
I didn’t know all this could burn with just a kiss
Burn with just a kiss
I didn’t know

You didn’t notice Rome was burning
You didn’t notice you had the flame still in your hands
Why didn’t you notice Rome was burning

As the passion filled your eyes
You couldn’t see to find the home you’d left behind
Like all the lovers that live blind
Lovers that live blind
No you couldn’t see

You didn’t notice Rome was burning
You didn’t notice you had the flame still in your hands
Why didn’t you notice Rome was burning
[accordion title=”Our Hero”]
lyrics by John Wesley

Our hero lives in a box at the bottom of a Coca-Cola sign
Like some great altar to God flashing
messages all the time
Here doesn’t come here to worship, no, he
comes here to live
At night he crawls through the city to
take whatever we don’t give

He used to have a little baby, but a
fragile thing can soon be gone
A little cold never hurt you and me, but
her she didn’t last long
Our hero stares at the stars, watches
them turn red and white
Says these are men who made this,
and this is not God’s light

Hear me, Hear me I’m at the bottom of
the red and the white sign
Hear me, Hear me Cause I’m coming for you

Our hero can’t read so he don’t know
what that sign says
And you can be damned sure the taste
of a coke never passed his lips
He knows these are men who have
made this and their day soon must come
All the people at the bottom prayin’ Lord
thy will be done
And they’re shoutin’

Hear me, Hear me I’m at the bottom of
the red and the white sign
Hear me, Hear me Cause I’m coming for you

Like Don Quioxte chasing some dragon
into the night
Our hero dreams of the battle that he
topples that red knight
Topples that red light

Our hero lays in the grass dreaming of
his little sweet child
He remembers holding her hands and
touching her little sweet smile
If a man can create this neon tower into the sky
Where the hell was the God of the Coca-Cola sign
the night she died

Hear me, Hear me I’m at the bottom of
the red and the white sign
Hear me, Hear me Cause I’m coming for you
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[accordion title=”What You Really Want”]
lyrics by John Wesley

What do you want form me
what would you have me do
I could take you to heaven
if you wanted me to

What would you have me give
diamonds and gold
diamonds and gold they mean nothing to me
I could give you everything you
wanted to be

But what scares me and what tears me
is what you really want
what you really want
and what you really want is…

How would you have me live
how would you have me smile
I could learn to be happy again
if only for a little while

But what scares me and what tears me
is what you really want
and what you really want…
is nothing

For you I would give my soul
for you I would give my life
I am nothing without you, nothing without you
and you I would make my wife

But what scares me and what tears me
is what you really want
and what you really want…
is nothing
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[accordion title=”Cuttin’ the Tree”]
lyrics by John Wesley

If it bleeds, would you tighten the tourniquet
or would you stare at the open wound
with lust and fascination

If the cut runs deep, would you reach
inside of it
or would you twist the knife in tight
with lust and fascination

You’ve got me out on the limb now baby,
would you be cuttin’ the tree.
you’ve got the wool in my eyes now
honey so blind I can’t see
are you settin your sights now baby,
are you settin’ on me.
You’ve got me out on the limb now baby,
would you be cuttin’ the tree
would you be cuttin’ the tree
would you

If I sleep
would you come inside of it
would you steal all my dreams of life
with lust and fascination

If I scream
would you kill to silence it
like stealing the words of a drowning man
with lust and fascination

You’ve got me out on the limb now baby,
would you be cuttin’ the tree.
You’ve got the wool in my eyes no
honey so blind I can’t see.
are you settin’ your sights now baby
are you settin’ on me.
You’ve got me out on the limb now baby,
would you be cuttin’ the tree
would you be cuttin’ the tree, would you
be cuttin’ the tree
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[accordion title=”Silver”]
lyrics by John Wesley

Silver has a gun
on the nightstand by her bed
and she wonders if the day will come
when she puts it to her head

And she is alone again
in the shadow of the morning sun
and she wonders if he really had to go
or did he just turn tail and run

He promised that he would come
but she don’t wait by the phone
because they never call and they never come
and she just ends up alone

And as the end of the night comes
when that curtain starts to fall
she says you can be the one for me
when you take it take it all

Just say hiegh ho Silver
when you ride when you ride
when you take me take it all from me
just stay with me tonight
don’t leave me alone tonight
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Under the Red and White Sky is John Wesley’s first album produced by Racket Records (Marillion’s company).

Album Credits

John Wesley – Guitars and vocals
Mark Kelly – Keyboards and Piano
Mark Prator – Drums and Percussion.
Davis Wehner – Bass
Ian Mosley – Drums on “None so Beautiful” and “Thirteen Days”
Steve Rothery – Guitar Solo on “Thirteen Days”
Sean Malone – Fretless bass
Paul Prator – Keyboards on “Into the Night,” “What you Really Want,” and “To Reach Out”
Russel Farrow – Crash chords on “The Last Light” and “Waiting for the Sun”
Brian Benscoter – Percussion on “None so Beautiful” Produced by – Mark Kelly and Jim Morris
Engineered by – Jim Morris
Asst. Engineers – Judd Packer, Steve Heritage, Brian Benscoter, Mark Prator, Dave Wehner, Sean Malone
Recorded at – Morrisound Studios, Tampa
Cover Art by – Bill Smith Studio
Don Quoxote Image by – Bob Dorsey
Photography – Dennis Osborne
All songs by John Wesley except “Into the Night” and “Waiting for the Sun” by John Wesley and Paul Prator
Guidance – John Arnison, Tom Morris, Mario Medious, Warren Wyatt, Julie Hines, and Walt Verson. Thanks to Thouroughbred Music, Paul Reed Smith, Russel Farrow

Wes plays – PRS, Takamine, and Fender Guitars
Mark Prator uses – Drums Workshop and Paiste Cymbals

Special thanks to the members, families, and crew of Marillion, for their unending faith and belief in this project. Special thanks to family and friends – Jay and Doris Dearth, Julie and Adam, Michelle and Jason, J.T., Kent, Jamie Marie, Brandon, Sherri, Mike, Susan, Denise D., Rodger, Scott, Rick, “Big Al Prator”, Jim and Steph Murdoch, Big Bob Ballas, Ce Ce, Lloyd, Jeff Lutes, Stephanie H., Jan, Mark and Vince, Jack, Kit Carson Smith, Valerie, Cheryl, Debby and Bill Greer, Andy Meyer, Angie, Framer, Jon and Kim Pace, Kristy and Dennis, Tami Hartman, Mickey Finch, Monica, Jim Graves, Harry Dunlap, the Carrolls, the Arendors, “Uncle Charlie:, the Cassies, Hunter Mcgauhey, LEs Snyder, Haward and Jane, Rick and Larry, Doug and Denise, F.S.P.S.A., Linda and “Mom” Mollitor, Kristy Snyder, Christina Hotz, Dan and Dana Sherman, Fred and Charlotte Seit, Ron and Jan Wehner, Clyde Bower, Ray and Kathy, John and Kate, Debbie and “Mom Weaver”, Gordon Baker.